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Month: April 2016

7 things to consider before getting a dog

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Dogs, as the old saying goes, are man’s best friend, and you won’t find anyone disagreeing with that at farmandpet! Dogs give so much to their owners, love, companionship, routine, and play that it’s hard to stop short of recommending a dog to everyone. But before you dive in head first think about your situation and make a list of what you want from a dog and what it wants from you and we’re confident you’ll find a loyal companion. Here are 7 things to consider before you get a dog

Time

Does your dog spend the whole day staring at the door waiting for you to come home? They’re always there, always excited to welcome you home. One of the best things about owning a dog is the companionship, but this is a two way relationship.
Not all dogs need to be walked for miles multiple times a day, but all dogs require affection, attention and a certain amount of routine. If you decide to get a dog you will find your ability to be spontaneous limited. No more drinks after work without popping home to feed the dog, no more weekend dash without finding someone to look after the dog. These problems are easily over come with a little planning, but once you have a dog everything will require a little more forethought.

Space

You don’t have to live on a many acred estate to keep a happy dog. Even if you live in a small flat there is probably still a dog for you, you just have to be sensible when selecting your breed. As a small relatively low energy dog, the French Bulldog is great for small flat, but great big German Shepard crashing around wouldn’t be a good fit! Do your research and find a dog that suits your situation.

Breed

Dogs come in a vast verity of shapes, sizes and temperament, no matter what your needs, likes and dislikes, there is probably a dog for you. Before getting a dog make a list of what you want from a dog and what you don’t want. If you want a dog to take on long walks perhaps a Dalmatian is for you. If you live in a small flat have a look at the Chihuahua. Don’t want too much hair about the house try a Poodle. There are so many breeds and verities there’s bound to be a dog for you. Click here for a guide to different dog breeds

Cost

As brilliant as it is having a dogs can be quite expensive so it’s worth considering a few of the costs before committing.
You will need: Food bowl
Water Bowl
Collar and lead
Dog bed
Food
Neutering
Vaccinations
Flea and worming treatments
Micro chipping
Neutering
Toys!
Insurance

Chew toys

Be prepared to have your shoes and socks eaten, because dogs love to chew and they will chew everything! But don’t worry with a little organisation and a well placed chew toy a lot of this can be avoided. Keep things out of the dogs reach and give a dog something it can chew and it will be happy, but be prepared, accidents do happen.

Age

Puppies are wild little balls of energy and glorious destruction follows in their path! Watching a puppy grow in to a dog is enormously rewarding. Watching their personality grow and change is fantastic. However you need to consider if you’re up to the challenge of a puppy. They need a lot of attention, if you’re very house proud they will leave hair on everything, they will eat your shoes, and need a lot of training. If all this sounds too much consider getting an adult dog who is calmer and well trained.

Socialisation

Socialising a dog is incredibly important to your dog’s temperament. If your puppy is to grow into a gentle friendly dog it’s up to you to make this happen. Early on socialising a dog is very easy, simply playing, handling, speaking softly and in affectionate tone, all of those thing you will hopefully do naturally to make the puppy feel safe and loved.
As they grow it’s important the dogs spend time around other dogs. Learning how to play with one another will help dogs learn not to bite too hard or be too aggressive with other animals. This is a process that must be continued throughout the dog’s life, regular trips to dog friendly parks will help dogs be happy gentle and friendly.

If you’ve considered all these things and found the perfect breed, go get a dog. We promise you won’t regret it!

 

7 things to consider before getting a cat

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Cats make fantastic pets. They are warm, friendly, affectionate and fun. Whether seeing little faces greeting us at the door, an old lap cat cuddling on a cold day, or watching a kitten chase a fly around the garden, we at Farmandpet firmly believe a cat goes a long way to make a house a home.
Farmandet would recommend cats to almost anyone, but before you jump in with both feet, there are a few things to consider before you get a cat.

Time

Despite being fairly independent animals, perfect for busy modern lifestyles, cats still require a lot of attention and a certain amount of routine. Before getting a cat, you should consider how much time you have for play and cuddles. If you wat an affectionate cat who is always pleased to see you, you will have to spend time handling and playing with your cat.
Once you have your cat you may begin to notice that the animal is always there to greet you when you come home, or is waiting for you in the morning when you get up. Cats are creatures of habit, and while it changes from breed to breed, it can cause a cat distress to have a constantly changing routine. Before you get a cat consider whether you will be around to feed your cat, if you come home and get up a similar time most days, your cat will be waiting!

Breed

As obvious as it may sound, different breeds have different needs! A long haired cat will require daily brushing, some breeds are more sociable, some need to be allowed out, a Maine Coon can grow to 1.2 meters long and weight 8 kilos!
It is worth taking the time to consider what you want from your cat and then selecting the breed to fit your criteria.
For more information on different breeds click here

Location

Consider your house from the point of view of a cat. Do you live near a dangerous road? Do you live in a small flat with no external door? Whatever your situation there is probably a cat for you. Carefully consider the breed and its needs in relation to your living situation.

What age, Kitten or Cat?

Kittens go nuts! They charge round a house knocking things over, scratching the sofa and sometimes your legs, shredding paper, jumping up where they’re not aloud and require training on the litter trey. It is brilliant! There is no animal quite as fun as kitten and we at farmandpet can easily lose hours watching them play.
However this is not for everyone. If you value your peace and quite you may want to consider adopting and older cat. Not only will they be a lot calmer, and hopefully trained, but you will also be giving a loving home to cat that may otherwise struggle to find one. That basically makes you a super hero!

The litter tray

There’s no avoiding it, you’ll have to have a litter tray and it will require regular cleaning. If handling you cats waste is something you don’t think can do, a cat is probably not for you, unless you get an older cat who is aloud outdoors.

Cost

There are a lot of costs associated with having a cats and it is very important to consider if a cat is something you can afford.
Here is a list of costs to consider.
One time costs: Injections
Neutering
Litter tray
Food Bowl
Water bowl
Micro chipping
Recurring costs: Food
Litter
It is also worth considering pet insurance. While it is not strictly necessary, a sick animal can incur significant costs, and become very expensive very quickly.

Other pets

If you have other pets, how will they react to the presence of a cat? A dog may cause the cat distress, a cat may cause a bird distress. If this is the case consider how you would manage these problems.